In short: Enjoyable, though a bit cold. In full: Fun enough, with great scenery and a good course through the park. Friendly crowd, but I didn't see many marshalls and the Woburn staff looked suicidal! Pity my PB didn't register on the chip: I wasn't there according to the results. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Choice of distances for PB's. Testing little run out In full: Missed out on the first two of the series of three. Nice idea to choose 5.4k, 10.4k or 15.4k so whippetts, distance runners, beginners or vets could all have a go in the company of kindred spirits. Cheeky little loop advertised as an incline on the first half-downhill on the second. By lap three I thought the inclines were getting steeper. Okay, not a fell race but enough to let you know you are alive. Adequate water, okay medal and good, supportive marshalls. Great trails through stunning forest. I wonder what this would be like late summer/early autumn. The unique distances mean that you'll get a PB/SB for the distance but your mins per mile are liable to be more than usual! Well done to the organisers. Great idea, well executed and thank you. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Very well organised and great fun In full: Fantastic day to experience my first 10K. Weather was miserable but irrelevant thanks to the excellent organisaton, wonderful encouragement from the Marshalls, Cadets, supporters and locals and friendly atmosphere. Course not too pretty (burnt-out car not the best feature in Tamworth) but so much fun it didn't matter. Great medal and lovely to see Mayor and Mayoress joining in the warm up and congratulating the finishers. Thanks everyone for a great time. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Not much you can do about the weather. I got more rain in my mouth than official drinks ! In full: This race had a great deal of potential, which was mostly hindered by the inclement weather. A chaotic start with faulty sound system and congestion, but a nice quick pace to begin. The detour round the lanes was interesting.
Once the rain had truly set in the course became difficult and dangerous on the cliff top due to running on the rabbit holed grass/mud. (I saw one athlete complete a full 360 in the air becuase of the mud, bouncing off the cliff fence!!!)
The water stations were amusing. The water in the cups managed to wet my chest before helping with hydration and as for the fizzy drinks at the 11 miles mark ?!?!?!?!?! The carbonated noise released as I opened the bottle made me wish that I had opted for water.
I guess my summary sounds all doom and gloom, but if the organisers could improve the water provision combined with an anti rain dance we could have something special !!! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: A challenging course, through a nice scenic route, with great organisation. In full: We drove up from mid essex for this race, and are really glad we did so. The weather was cold, windy and miserable, but dry. The race was extremely well organised, was marshalled very well, and supplied plenty of water stations and a sponge station. There was plenty of support, and the finish area was fantastic to run up, with all runners being cheered home. The course is challenging due to the hills, and the fact that you are exposed to a strong wind that seemed to be constantly in your face! Upon finishing, we were given a bottle of commemorative ale, a banana, a cup of squash or water, and then a hot cup of either vegetable or tomato soup! There were also showers available, and, if you could stomach food so soon after a race, you could purchase bacon rolls or sausage rolls, tea and coffee. All in all, this was a fantastic mornings running, and congratulations to the organisers, will be back next year! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: A fantastic well organised event. It must surly be oneof the best value events on the calendar. A special mention for the cheerry marshalls who endured freezing conditions Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Ouch! In full: An awful lot of very narrow paths where overtaking was nearly impossible, and extreme terrain challenges constantly slowing the pace gave the feeling of a mass training run more than a race. well organised and good fun - glad it wasnt raining though! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: A well organised race. In full: This is a well organised race which provides a nice course that could have allowed for a PB if you had trained better than I had. Nice goody bag and it was pleasing to get the medals being given out by the mayor. Would consider doing this one again. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Good fun, but then that's what running is all about. In full: 1st race of the year.Just under the hour. Very happy. The scenery was a bit dull but a single lap is definitely better than covering the same ground too many times. Organisation very good and good value for money. Only potential problem could have been the amount of broken glass (beer bottles etc.) on the course. Still I suppose this is what you get nowadays in an urban environment. Nice big medal at the finish and chat with the Lady Mayoress. A big hand to the Mayor and Mayoress as they weren't there just for the first few finishers but still doing the good work in the cold for people like me who took an hour. Well done all. Good/efficient baggage, food, showers etc. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: Excellent First 10K In full: Tremendous organisation, great atmosphere despite the cold, interesting urban course, marshalls/runners/spectators very friendly. This was my first ever 10K race and I was very impressed, and am converted! Well done Tamworth. Nice castle too. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: It's a good race, shame about the route through some of Tamworths more "scenic areas" have to dodge the burned out car. Good size field though and 10/10 for organisation and facilities. I'll be back next year. Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: An excellent, well organised race with a surprisingly good atmosphere despite the cold weather! Only let down was the route through a council estate but would definately run it again! Date of review: February 19, 2006
In short: If you can't train well over winter don't do this race wait til March/April In full: I've never been one for organised warm-ups however the warm-up was great and much needed. Only did about 5 training runs before the race (needed to rethink how I train over the winter)
ALL the marshalls were brill and gave loads of encouragement.
A novel idea to get the t-shirt before the race would have preferred it in the goody bag but they were handing out the t-shirts based on size so fair enough.
Medal is really nice and because it's so different from the others I've had. Date of review: February 19, 2006